Sanimax receives financial support for its contribution towards reducing GHG emissions


Minister Pierre Arcand announces $ 3.5 M in financial support for three Montreal companies

Québec, April 25, 2016 – Following the release of the 2030 Energy Policy, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Plan Nord, Mr. Pierre Arcand, and the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Mr. David Heurtel, have announced financial assistance totalling $ 3,568,892 for three Montreal companies, Pyrowave inc., Sanimax and EcoTuned Automobiles. These projects that will reduce annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 18,449 tons of CO2 equivalent, are financed by the Green Fund, more specifically through the EcoPerformance and Technoclimat Programs, as part of the 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan.

“The 2030 Energy Policy has five ambitious goals, among which is a 15% energy efficiency improvement. By 2030, our government is committed to providing more support to companies to help them convert their processes and industrial boilers and increase their energy efficiency. This financial assistance we are announcing today is a great example of that commitment, and is just a beginning. We will achieve our goals by supporting projects such as those from these three companies,” stated Minister Arcand.

“Through its 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan, the government is supporting Québec businesses and institutions with their transition towards a low-carbon world. In addition to promoting economic recovery and sustainable development, these concrete projects allow us to fight climate change together to ensure a quality of life for our children. Let’s do it for them!”, declared Minister Heurtel.

Sanimax President and CEO, Martin Couture

Sanimax President and CEO, Martin Couture


“The technology to be implemented in our Montreal facility will allow us to recover heat from boiler combustion gases and use that energy in our manufacturing processes. This will reduce our annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2,138 tons, which is, without a doubt, a substantial contribution towards improving the environment,” said Sanimax President and CEO, Martin Couture.

Indeed, the company project involves three steam boilers that will be used to preheat water coming from the degasser, the boiler feed water as well as the plant’s wash water. A significant amount of energy can be recovered from these hot gases, thereby increasing energy use efficiency. A low-pressure steam distribution network will also be installed to reclaim the excess steam from the degasser to the evaporator.

Pyrowave inc.

Using patented pyrolysis process, the Pyrowave™ technology uses microwaves to heat waste material in the absence of oxygen. Heat causes plastic residual waste and non-recycled waste, namely organic waste, to be degraded into three products: oil, gas and coal. The pyrolysis oil produced would then be submitted to a simple separation process (distillation) to produce recycled petrochemicals (styrene monomer, paraffin, etc.) and fuel (synthetic crude). The gas could be used to produce electrical or thermal energy, and the coal could be used as fuel to produce heat energy. Biogas, pyrolysis oil and biochar produced by organic material present in the inputs will reduce GHG emissions if they are used as fossil fuel replacements. This technology will also reduce the number of kilometres travelled to collect waste material and send it to landfill. The project proposed by Pyrowave inc. aims to demonstrate the operability and functionality of the Pyrowave processing unit in a real and representative context of the targeted marketing areas.

“The Pyrowave technology is the first cost-effective solution to recycle mixed plastic waste. Our unique approach closes the plastic recycling loop by unzipping plastics back to their initial constituents that can later be re-used to make virgin polymers and packaging”, says Jocelyn Doucet, CEO of Pyrowave. “While we have previously proven the technology at large scale, the support of Technoclimat is essential in building our new model machine and proving we can derive an economically and environmentally profitable business model from it.”

Pyrowave is currently completing the manufacturing of its second commercial prototype that should be operational by the fall of 2016 at its site located in Valleyfield, Quebec. On average, the technology will reduce emissions by 0.43 tons CO2 equivalent per ton of input, and generate a net positive value to users.

EcoTuned Automobiles

The project proposed by the company aims to convert used light pick-up trucks that are two to three-years old and equipped with outdated combustion drivetrain, into electric vehicles using a re-usable electric drivetrain system, the first of its kind.

First, the company plans to convert two prototype vehicles for the Québec Ministry of Transport. Following the testing and development phase, EcoTuned Automobiles will manufacture a series of eight vehicles in partnership with different beta-testing clients. By leveraging the durability of the electric motor and its componants, the drivetrain system will be designed to be easily integrated and subsequently re-used in another vehicle of the same category. Thus, this vehicle conversion with a re-usable electric drivetrain system will extend the useful life of several pick-up trucks and save over 80% of their annual operating costs.

“With an estimated useful life of one million kilometers, the conversion system can be installed and re-used up to five times in 85% of all light trucks on the market. The EcoTuned solution therefore extends the useful live of pick-up trucks and reduces GHG emissions from fuel combustion, scrappage and manufacturing of new vehicles. As our targeted clients are fleet managers, they will benefit from lease agreements that are less expensive than those for the rental of brand new small-size electric sedans, while saving on gas costs and sparing the replacement of used vehicles by new ones,” stated Andy Ta, President of EcoTuned Automobiles.

“Energy efficiency, energy substitution and behaviour changes are the three pillars of a successful energy transition. Through its 2030 Energy Policy, Québec reinforces its leadership and shows that it is possible to actually decarbonize the economy through innovation, among other means,” concluded Mr. Arcand.

About the 2030 Energy Policy

With its inclusive vision and ambitious goals, the 2030 Energy Policy demonstrates the progress that all consumers – citizens and businesses – are invited to make or will directly benefit from. It shows how the government will support consumers in all stages of the announced energy transition. This energy pact proposed by the government will deeply transform Québec’s energy picture by 2030.

For more information, visit politiqueenergetique.gouv.qc.ca.

About the EcoPerformance and Technoclimat Programs

Financed through the Green Fund and the share of motor and fossil fuel distributors, the EcoPerformance Program aims at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption of organisations by funding projects or measures related to energy consumption and production as well as process improvements.

Also financed through the Green Fund and the share of motor and fossil fuel distributors, the Technoclimat Program promotes the development of new technologies or innovative processes for energy efficiency, transportation electrification and emerging energy sources that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A total budget of nearly 96 million dollars is provided to support the measures of the program.

For more information on these programs, visit efficaciteenergetique.gouv.qc.ca.


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Véronique Normandin

Press attaché

Office of the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, the Minister responsible for the Plan Nord and the Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region

418 643-7295


Mylène Gaudreau

Press attaché

Office of the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change

418 521-3911

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